Eight Fractured Folk Songs for Voice and Piano (2004-2005) blends the talents of composer/singer/poet Joseph Zitt with those of composer/pianist/music theorist Katherine Setar. The songs are, in effect, acoustic remixes of existing folk or public domain songs which were inspired by such diverse influences as contemporary mash-up recordings, John Cale's reworking of "Heartbreak Hotel," Karlheinz Stockhausen's electronic and acoustic "moment form" works, and the “Deep... Topic: folk composition improvisation classical Source: DAT
Selections from the score of the 1992 dance/theatre work Shekhinah: The Presence, as first performed in Austin, Texas. With the exception of environmental sounds captured in "Jerusalem Circuit", the sounds consist entirely of human voices, sampled and processed. Topics: shekhinah, judaism, kabbalah, voices, liturgy, shekina, shekinah, shekhina, shechina, shechinah
"A resonant rosary of non-metric pulses and uncommon harmonies.â Nine frequencies of sine tones (120, 121, 123, 127, 132, 140, 150, 164, 185) no pair of which have the same difference as any other pair, arranged according to gray code, with the tones' first appearances in ascending order, each possible combination of tones appearing exactly once." Full notes at http://www.josephzitt.com/home/cds/oh-come-ye-dispassionate/ Topics: electronic, computer music, sine waves, beat frequencies
Gray Code (Thomas Bickley, Matthew Ross Davis, Brian Fending, Jonathan Matis, Joseph Zitt) recorded live in Philadelphia in 2000. Works include "Gray Code for Five," an improvisation on Josquin des Prez's "Ave Maria Gratia Plena...Virgo Serena", and a free improvisation. Topics: free improvisation, structured improvisation
Collaborations with Thomas Bickley, F. Vattel Cherry, Craque, Brian Fending, Jonathan Matis, and Jane Wang. Improvised, composed, and recorded in Washington, DC, Bethesda, MD, and Chicago, IL, 1999-2001. This album was compiled to coincide with Joseph Zitt's "Surprise Me With Beauty 2K2" US tour in January and February 2002.
Gusty Winds May Exist is a duo that began with a free improvisation on a mountain in New Mexico, at the Advanced Deep Listening Retreat led by composer Pauline Oliveros. Nancy Beckman brings experience in the meditative solo tradition of shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) as well as more extroverted techniques of intuitive improvisation. Recorder player Tom Bickley brings experience performing early European music and new music using extended techniques. The music created by Gusty Winds May... Topics: recorder, shakuhachi, improvisation
Joseph Zitt reads from his works at Phoenix on Lee in Cleveland Heights, OH, on 15 August 2009. Texts include "Lead Me In," excerpts from "The Book of Voices" and "Shekhinah: the Presence," "Psalm 183," "Decoy (for Miles Davis)," and "Air Lines." All the texts are available at www.josephzitt.com. Topics: poetry, fiction, jewish, judaica